Overcast
63°FOvercastFull Forecast

County jail's strip searches again draw lawsuit

Published: Tuesday, March 11, 2014 9:56 p.m. CDT

EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (AP) — Two more former inmates of a southern Illinois jail are suing over strip searches they claim were unconstitutional.

The Belleville News-Democrat (http://bit.ly/1g268vU) reports Teresa Hale and Leticia Jackson of Belleville filed the federal lawsuit against St. Clair County and jail officials. Seeking more than $350,000 in damages, the lawsuit alleges the women were strip searched while jailed in 2012 for suspected drunken driving.

In December, 29 inmates filed a similar lawsuit, seeking $10 million in damages.

Sheriff Rick Watson told The Associated Press the cases have no merit, and that his department follows state and federal statutes.

A lawsuit echoing similar allegations against the jail was dismissed in December after a federal judge ruled strip searching prisoners as a group isn't unconstitutional if the searches weren't intended to humiliate.

___

Information from: Belleville News-Democrat, http://www.bnd.com

Get breaking and town-specific news sent to your phone. Sign up for text alerts from the Northwest Herald.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Reader Poll

How many times will you visit a haunted attraction this fall?
One or two
Three or four
Five or six
Seven or more
Zero